Sydney was born on 31 December 1949 in Lennox Castle Maternity Hospital, Lennoxtown, Glasgow, Scotland. He grew up in the village of Lennoxtown, nestled at the foot of the Campsie Fells. He attended school at the local public primary school then Kilsyth Academy for secondary education.
He trained as a nurse in the Mental Handicap division of Lennox Castle Hospital and later in psychiatry at Woodilee Hospital, Lenzie. He studied at University of New England and gained a Degree in Health Science (Psychiatry) in mid 90’s.
He worked for many years in the Winston Noble Unit of The Prince Charles Hospital and in the community as Clinical Nurse Consultant. Before retiring in 2014, he was employed as Court Liaison Officer, Mental Health, based in Southport Court, Gold Coast.
He married Elizabeth Ann McArthur on 14 August 1971, had two daughters, Allison born 1974 and Lesley born 1976. They moved to the village of Milton of Campsie in 1978 where they remained until migrating to Australia in 1988.
Syd loved most sports, in particular football (soccer) and was an avid Glasgow Rangers fan. He played golf here in Australia at his local club, Links Hope Island.
He enjoyed gardening, cycling, walking and social gatherings with friends. He was a devoted “Papa” to his four grandchildren, Ella, Lauren, Charlotte and Liam, attending many sports carnivals, weekend hockey and soccer games.
Syd was a very caring person, never judgemental and always saw the good in everyone. He never liked nor wished to be the centre of attention, always tending to stay on the peripheral. He was a good friend to many; a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who will always be held in our hearts with fond memories.